The Matthews Hops Grill and Brewery closed suddenly Sunday, July 14.
Matthews Police officers were called to the restaurant at 9950 E. Independence Blvd. to help with crowd control after employees and customers eating dinner were told the restaurant was immediately closing for good, Cpl. Lori Valdes said.
According to news reports, the restaurant closed after a new lease agreement couldn’t be reached. Messages with Rita Restaurant Corp., the eatery’s Atlanta-based parent company, were not returned by press time. It was unclear by press time how many people worked at the restaurant.
The company also owns Don Pablos, a Mexican restaurant chain.
HealthSource hosts annual food drive
Matthews’ HealthSource is offering a free wellness check to new patients who donate at least 20 boxes of macaroni and cheese to its annual “Christmas in July” food drive for the nonprofit Matthews HELP Center.
The medical office at 2940 Senna Drive, suite B, has set a goal to collect 1,500 boxes of macaroni and cheese to create a “Macaroni Mountain.” Last year’s event drew 1,080 items for the center’s food pantry.
The free wellness check includes a consultation, posture analysis and nerve function evaluation.
For more information, call HealthSource at 704-847-4044.
Rely On Local marks 1 year in business
Rely On Local Business, formerly RelyLocal Matthews Mint Hill & Indian Trail, recently unveiled its new brand in honor of its first year in business.
The company has launched a new website, www.relyonlocalbusiness.com, with a free locals-only business directory to reach its expanded market, which now includes Charlotte and other surrounding communities.
“Local businesses are the backbone of our community,” company founder Nancy Bradley said in a news release. “By thinking ‘local first,’ you are making an investment in where you live creating more jobs, improving education, parks and roads, having a more positive impact on our environment, and helping to create a vibrant, more stable local
For more information, visit www.relyonlocalbusiness.com.
Mint Hill mobile eatery gets national nod
The Mint Hill-based company Sticks and Cones Ice Cream was recently named among the top 15 “Cool and Innovative Ice Cream Trucks” nationwide on www.MSN.com and MSN’s Delish.com.
The award goes to the company’s “Cones” soft-serve ice cream truck. The company, which operates two ice cream trucks, was one of three soft-serve trucks chosen for the honor, according to a news release.
The truck was noted for the unique and creative sundaes, as well as the company’s ability to incorporate homemade specialties into many of its desserts, according to the release.
Sticks and Cones is owned and operated by David and Karen Trauner.
For more information, visit www.SticksAndConesIceCream.com.
Allstate agent nets award
The Ireland Agency Inc., a Matthews-based Allstate agency owned by Curtis Ireland, was recently named an Allstate Premier Agency for 2013.
The designation is awarded to Allstate agency owners who have demonstrated excellence in delivering an accessible, knowledgeable and personal customer experience and in achieving outstanding business results, according to a news release. The designation is earned by fewer than 38 percent of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country, the release said.
The Ireland Agency is located at 300 E. John St., suite 122.
For more information, call 704-846-0488.
Hotel manager nets national award
Wes Santos, general manager of the Fairfield Inn and Suites near Matthews, was recently recognized as Marriott’s Diamond General Manager of the Year.
Santos was recognized for his overall hotel leadership, team building and team development skills. The hotel at 8540 E.Independence Blvd., has improved its Trip Advisor rankings from 79th to first out of 166 hotels in the Charlotte market, according to a news release. The hotel’s guest service scores are some the highest in the brand and financial growth has surpassed all budgeted projections, the release said.
Santos joined Newport Hospitality Group’s management team in Dec. 2011.
Harris Teeter donates $587K to veterans’ nonprofits
Matthews-based Harris Teeter recently announced customers donated more than $587,000 to the USO, or United Service Organizations, and Wounded Warrior Project.
The money was raised during the company’s Support Our Troops donation card campaign. This year’s donation is an about 31 percent increase over last year’s total, according to a news release.
For more information about the USO, visit www.uso.org.
For more information about WWP, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
Krispy Kreme re-opens July 19
The Matthews Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, July 19 as part of the grand re-opening of Matthews’ Krispy Kreme.
The day includes free doughnuts for a year to the first 100 people in line at 12 a.m., the chance to meet Carolina Panthers mascot Sir Purr from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., and tours of the Krispy Kreme cruiser from 3 to 5 p.m.
The shop at 9301 E. Independence Blvd. was torn down this spring and was rebuilt as one of the first in America to boast Krispy Kreme’s new design, which includes an aluminum storefront and patio. Krispy Kreme has been at its current location since 1980. The new building was built further back from East Independence Boulevard in anticipation of the need for right-of-way for the widening of the street.